Tuesday, October 11, 2011

with Fred Warren

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Fred!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?

As with my life before children, it was dull and considerably less stressful. Seriously, I spent many years walking around with all these ideas in my head, fragments of stories I intended to write someday when I got around to it. Now that I’ve finally gotten around to it, I’m having a wonderful time and wish I’d begun sooner.

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
I’m revisiting Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which I haven’t read since high school and am enjoying much more now. I’m also reading Winter, a supernatural thriller by a fellow writer at Splashdown Books, Keven Newsome, that tells the story of a reluctant teenage prophetess battling the forces of evil.

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
Tiramisu--the perfect blending of vanilla custard, cookies, and coffee.

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
I’d probably invite him to share a donut and a cup of coffee, so I could grill him for story ideas. It’s easier with the purple ones—they love to talk. The green ones won’t stop eating long enough to begin a conversation. They eat all the donuts, and when they’re done, the wipe their mouth on the tablecloth.

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
It’s hard to pick one. There’s the day I proposed to my wife—I took her to a Japanese garden in Fresno, California, where she was attending college. The garden was an odd thing to find in Fresno, which is known more for fields of corn and raisins, but it was very pretty and romantic, with decorative rock sculptures, flowers, waterfalls, and wooden bridges. We sat under a tree, and I asked her to marry me. She said she’d have to think about it. Fortunately for me, she didn’t have to think very long.

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
It’s a dead heat between lawn care and tax returns.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
When things start piling up on me, I need to stop and pray. It’s nothing new or earth-shattering, but I always get so wrapped up in trying to solve problems myself, I forget that God wants to help me, and without His help, I’ll probably make a mess of it anyhow.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
The Seer, a sequel to my novel, The Muse, will be published by Splashdown Books very soon--in the next week or two. It’s a modern fantasy in which the world of dreams and imagination intrudes into real life. Disturbing visions foretell danger for a father and daughter wrestling with a heartbreaking tragedy, and they discover that the greatest threat to their future lurks in their past.

Fred is giving away a copy of The Seer. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


marybelle said...

I have never eaten Tiramisu. I must put THE MUSE & THE SEER on my reading list.


Charity said...

This really sounds intriguing. Thanks for entering me!

Teela said...

This looks very interesting and I would love towin this book. The book jacket really is an eye catcher, too! TeelaYoung at hotmail dot com

Lisa Lickel said...

Now this sounds like my kind of book!


apple blossom said...

please add me to this giveaway thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Amy said...

This sounds like a great book. Would love to win.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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